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Alpine Winter Series Rd1 – XC Multi Stage Enduro

The first round of the Alpine Winter Series took place over the weekend with a new format for 2012 – a XC Multi-Stage Enduro. The event, organised by Innerleithen MTB Racing, was completely sold out as riders from across the globe descended on Innerleithen for this exciting new style of mountain bike racing. Riders followed a course of around 30km in total, with three special timed stages. The cumulative time for the predominantly downhill stages would determine the winner.

Tally testing his new Cannondale Jekyll to the max on Stage 1, good first outing getting 3rd place in his first race as a veteran

Conditions were dry and frosty over the weekend, with the early riders taking advantage of the frozen mud. Special Stage 1 started with a fast descent from the upper slopes of Minch Moor, before dropping steeply into technical natural singletrack traversing the hill to the first road crossing. Over the road the going was fast and loose as riders descended to the bottom of the forest at Camp Shiel.
Riders climbed up the Southern Upland Way before traversing the West side of Plora Rig to make their way to the start of Special Stage 2. This was a long stage that started in soft conditions before weaving through the recently thinned forest and crossing the road onto the manmade XC trail at Plora Craig. This technical rocky section led into the very steep Classic descent that led almost as far as Walkerburn.

Young British XC rider Katy Winton took the Ladies win on her new Pivot Mach 5.7

The only way was up as riders had to climb the forest road from the forest entrance all the way to the top of Plora Rig and the start of Special Stage 3. This was a mixture of the old school downhill trails that made Innerleithen famous – Gold Run, Tunnel, Luge, Deer Hunter and finally Cresta Run were all sampled before a gentle, yet leg burning, climb to reach the fast flowing jumps and drops that led riders to the finish.
Leading the way with the fastest time of the day (23’25”) was Crawford Carrick-Anderson (Ibis/POC/Crank Brothers) with Katy Winton (Kinesis Morvelo Project) taking the ladies win (29’05”).

Joe Connell took the Junior win this weekend with the 3rd fastest time of the day

Special thanks go to Alpine Bikes for sponsoring the event and supplying prizes, all the marshalls and volunteers without whom the event wouldn’t have happened and to Steve at i-cycles for the course design.
Round 2 of the Alpine Winter Series takes place on Saturday 18th February and is a Multi-Stage Day/Night Enduro. A similar relaxed atmosphere to Round One is expected, but this time the special stages will be raced at night, as well as by day. Round 3 is a traditional downhill event with uplift service and takes place on the weekend of 3rd/4th March.

Keith Buchan rode the wheels of the Ibis today to take the Masters win and 2nd fastest time of the day

Further information, full results and details on how to enter future events can be found on the Innerleithen MTB Racing website at:  Also head over to Roots and Rain for all the stats and all the photos from the event

Veteran ex World Cup racer and legend Crawford Carrick Anderson is the man to beat, fastest time of the day by almost a minute.


Ladies Overall Time

1 Katy Winton… .29’05”
2 Jenny Jack…… 35’10”
3 Sandra Scally.. 37’59”

Juniors (under 19)

1 Joe Connel………. 24’31”
2 Brodie Hood……. 26’33”
3 Rory McRitchie.. 28’39”

Seniors (19-29)

1 Scott Laughland….. 24’34”
2 Graeme Forrest…… 24’47”
3 James Knowles……. 24’51”

Masters (30-39)

1 Keith Buchan…….. 24’21”
2 Stuart Nicholson.. 24’41”
3 Bruce McCleary…. 25’03”

Veterans (40+)

1 Crawford Carrick-Anderson… 23’25”
2 Patrick Bruce…………………….. 25’22”
3 David Tallontire ………………… 26’16”

Scotty Laughland was one of many downhill racers entered this weekend and showing his fitness by taking the senior win

About Innerleithen MTB Racing
Innerleithen based race team and event promoter with supported riders in many cycling disciplines. A ‘not for profit’ volunteer organisation with the aim to stage fun, friendly and challenging events for all disciplines of mountain biking. Over the last few years, Innerleithen MTB Racing has organised the British Cross Country (XC) Championships, numerous XC and Multi-Stage Enduro races, a Mini DH race series for under 18s and the very successful iXS European Downhill Cup.

About Alpine Bikes
Alpine Bikes was founded in Aberdeen in 1989 by Dave McKay. Since the beginning, Alpine Bikes offered not only the best bikes, cycle clothing and accessories, but provided an unrivalled level of customer service and aftercare.
Alpine Bikes is now the biggest independent cycle retailer in Scotland and prides itself on offering exceptional service as well as quality and value. They have built strong relationships with suppliers to ensure they can pass on the best and most varied products to the customer. Initially starting with mountain bikes, their product line up now includes all kinds of bikes.

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